Wild Portchester: No, No Egrets

I know little about birds — but they are not bothered. They take little notice of early walkers along the coast-paths. If action needed, a few flaps as I approach will casually lift them from fence to field or maybe an outrageous Olympian triple jump from standing start, one rock to another and another without touching the puddles between. Most don’t bother. Side-stepping caution is now a far more human trait.

Dogs demonstrate far more energy and ambition. They already know the tide will be high, and can hardly wait to leap into the waters. Soaked, they’ll return to their…